Pint lovers will have to sink their sorrows elsewhere over this pandemic restaurant casualty: Boston Beerworks has permanently closed all of its locations.
“Sad to say but we have brewed and served our last beer. We decided to pack it because of the pandemic and all that. We will miss you and in many years of fun we will bring you fresh local beer And came with the food. BEERWORKS was proud to serve you,” wrote owner Joe Schleser in a public statement.
Beerworks got its start in Fenway in 1992 and quickly gained attention for its unique brews, establishing itself ahead of the micro brew and craft beer craze that has gained ground in New England and across the country. It opened a second Boston location on Canal Street near TD Garden. At its height, the chain had additional locations in Lowell, Hingham, Salem and Framingham.
Like many other restaurants, the Fenway Beerworks location went into “hibernation mode” during the pandemic. Slesar, Joe Slesar Bros. Brewing Company, then closed locations in Lowell, Hingham, and Salem.
Slesar still owns Brewer’s Tap & Table, a Waltham pub that serves American fare and craft wine.
Beerworks’ neighbor near North Station, The Four, also closed permanently in 2020.
The closure of the beerworks follows several other watering holes around Boston, including Cheers in Faneuil Hall, The Pour House, Lire, Whiskey on Boylston Street, McGreevy’s, Deep Ellum, Somerville Brewing Company, Coda Bar and Kitchen during the pandemic. Business dried up. , Bukowski’s Tavern in Cambridge, Bar Louis and Witt’s End in Cambridge.
Beacon Hill staple Red Hat closed in June after serving a century of drinks, but two industry professionals are looking to revive the pub in the coming months.
In an effort to cheer up restaurants surviving through the pain of post-pandemic transition, the Baker administration last week awarded $6.5 million dollars in local town and city grants to promote outdoor dining.